MOTH SAILING – Check out this incredible light wind sailing by a foiling Moth. Why not make the next AC class a 60 foot Moth with 11 sailors on the racks? We love multihulls but these little buggers really get us going! Enjoy.
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MOTH SAILING – We posted this video back in 2011 and it’s good enough to post again. Not because it’s a very cool video of Moth sailing but because we may have stumbled across why the AC72′s don’t want to sail in winds over 21/22 knots. Check out how foiling boats can CRASH in 24 knots!
MOTH SAILING – If you have not sailed a Moth before, here is an onboard video showing you some light air sailing with puffs, tacking and jibing. Not exciting, but does give you an onboard feel on what it is like to sail one of the hardest boats around…until you master it like windsurfing or kiteboarding. Then it’s easy! Check it out.
MOTH SAILING – In case you missed the first Moth wing sail breaking back in 2011, here it is again! Charlie McKee sailing the Object 2 built Moth Wing Sail back during the 2011 Moth World Championships in Belmont AUS. Rounding the last windward in 7th place there was a problem…
To bad the 2-part wing was banned from the class of innovation. A chicken way to go with the best development class around. Clever way to ban 2-part wings as described below in 9.5:
- 9.1 The boat shall carry only one sail when racing, with the total measured area of the rig excluding fittingsbeing not greater than 8.25m2. For the purpose of this rule, only the mast area excluding fittings abovethe lower measurement band shall be measured, unless the mast is enclosed by the sail.
- 9.2 The luff length shall not exceed 5185mm.
- 9.3 Sail area shall be measured by triangulation in the case of soft sails or via the half girth method formasts and wing sails or wing masts in accordance with the IMCA Measurement Manual.
- 9.4 All sail area calculations are to three decimal places, rounded to two at the total area.
- 9.5 In line with 9.1 (one sail), wing sails if used shall be of a single element configuration only. No slots shall be visible in the section whilst sailing.
9.6 No part of the sail may project above a reference line passing through the Throat point drawn at 110° from the Luff.
What do you think? Should the MOTH class allow 2-part or even 3 part wings? Let us know at [email protected]
MOTH SAILING – By Will Lyons: The International Moth Fleet is undoubtedly one of the most high performance sailing fleets in the world, comprised of some of the world’s top sailors. I spent several days shooting with them in Charleston, covering the final event of the Gorilla Rigging Charleston Winter Series, the North American Championships.
One might expect a collection of pedigreed sailors such as this to be quite stiff, however what I found was the opposite. Racing with the “Mothies” is all about pushing the entire sport forward, and that entails making sure everyone has the help and resources they need to be on the water, and further more, competitive.
Check this video out for an outsider’s view into one of the most vibrant, fun, high performance racing fleets in the country.
MOTH NEWS – McDougall-McConaghy, the partnership that designed, builds and distributes the dominant Mach2 Moth are to be the title sponsor for this year’s Moth World Championships hosted by Kaneohe Yacht Club, in Hawaii in October 2013.
COOL VIDEOS – Moth sailing around Hayling Island Sailing Club England
MOTH SAILING – For all you Austrian Mothies a new website has been created to help organize the class. Check it out by clicking HERE
MOTH SAILING – Here’s an interview with the open winner of the Zhik, CST Composites 2013 AUS Moth Nationals Peter Burling. Congrats to Kiwi Pete and check out some great moth sailing footage weaved throughout the video interview. He also gives away some of his secrets on the race course.
AUS MOTH NATIONALS UPDATE - Pete Burling’s dominance has been clearly marked on the fleet, with 3 bullets and a third yesterday in light air. Check out the great footage by kite-cam.
MOTH SAILING – Here are the video highlights of the 2013 ZHIK CST Moth Australian Championships Day 1 – Currently, Scott Babbage leads after the first three races. The regatta is being sailed out of Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie in the NSW Central Coast. With a 66 boat fleet showing up the competition is intense. Check it out!
INTERNATIONAL MOTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 - KANEOHE YACHT CLUB, HAWAII - Sailors May Arrive At KYC:1 September 30 - US National Championship: October 10-11 - Practice Racing: October 13 - Racing: October 14-16 - Reserve Day: October 17 - Racing: October 18-19….and just for the fun of it here are some highlights from the 2012 Worlds. Enjoy!
MOTH WORLD CRASH REPLAY – Here’s a nice compilation of crashes at the Moth Worlds 2012 in Campione del Garda. Enjoy
MOTH SAILING – Marking another world’s first for the premier dinghy development class, the Moths take to the stage of Lake Garda in a “Mothapalooza” competition for artistic style and personality. Coinciding with the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds, from August 19 to 26, this competition is all about designing your craft to be a creation that is unique and spectacular to watch. There is a “palooza” of Moths ready to compete on the foreshores of Campione del Garda, ready to launch and be judged in a bid to win the 5,000 Euro first prize.
“Zhik is proud to sponsor this competition, the first of its kind anywhere in the world”, said Brian Conolly, founder and managing director. “I believe this will begin a new trend in sailing, and hope the idea will catch on across many classes over time. We certainly plan to build on its success here, and make it an important element to the Moth Worlds regatta every year.”
At every sailing regatta there are a fleet of sails, and this is an opportunity to express art across a mobile, floating canvas. This Mothapalooza™ event is aimed at demonstrating to the world that this floating canvas can be a worthy spectacle in itself. While we can celebrate wind, water, waves, lifestyle and sportsmanship, we can also add cultural diversity, personality and uniqueness to the mix. Something more for the observer of the sport, that will also help lift the profile of sailing in general.
There are some fantastic entries in this first year of the event. Look out for the Alien, Zebra, Dragon or Flying Hellfish themed vessels, to name a few. The Moth sailors are once again proving their innovative skills, applying their artistic creativity to the odd profile and sail of a Moth sailboat, winged and foiled, and then making that consistent with the sailors own attire. This is definitely a challenge, particularly while also remaining competitive in the race.
Three judges will score each boat in four categories – Sail, Hull/Foils, Self and Overall Integrity – and these will be added together to declare the winner. Competition is intense, with a substantial winning cash prize, and significant gear prizes from Zhik’s complete dinghy range.
You can follow all the news on Mothapalooza™ from Lake Garda on the official website at www.mothapalooza.com, and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mothapalooza , or follow it in combination with the Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds at www.mothworlds.org, and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mothworlds.
MOTH SAILING – ahhhh, sailing a Moth on a lake…sounds challenging. Here is a German Moth Class – Training at Lake Garda.
HOTLINK- KA Sails Australian Moth National Titles 2012 – Mornington presented the fleet with varied and challenging conditions for the fourth day of the regatta. Race seven started in light winds, although the fleet was still sailing on the foils up the first windward leg. The wind shifts up the first leg were enormous and the fleet was completely mixed with some of the top sailors well down in the fleet, and some of the sailors used to taking up places towards the back end were doing well to hang in with the leaders. Conditions ranged between 5 – 10 knots form the southwest.
Rob Gough came through with the win, with Andrew Mcdougall and James Owen-Smith taking second and third. In between races the fleet was battered by a rain squall and race eight started in 15-18 knots form the South-west. Again conditions were shifty and at times the breeze dropped to almost zero knots. MORE STORY
MOVING PICTURES – The way the sky is lit, the tune, the flatness of the water – it’s a combo that makes you want to buy a moth, skip over the frustratingly long learning curve, and sail forever…